Operation Greenhouse. Annex 5.2. Evaluation of Air-Borne Radiac Equipment
Scientific director's rept.
BUREAU OF AERONAUTICS (NAVY) WASHINGTON DC
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It was necessary to evaluate, as fully as possible, the developmental prototypes under conditions made possible only by an atomic bomb detonation. To carry out this evaluation program, a joint project was initiated in which a Navy P2V-2 type aircraft were, in general, identically instrumented with radiac equipment developed by both services. In general, the types of air-borne radiac equipment evaluated can be classified under the following operational functions 1 Radioactive-cloud tracking, 2 Air-borne surface-radioactivity mapping, 3 Ground-to-air gamma-radiation-data telemetering, 4 Air-borne radiation detection and measurment. As a result of tests made on the radioactive cloud itself, the surface area within and surrounding the crater, and the air above the crater and surrounding area, the shortcomings as well as the advantages of the equipment and techniques were demonstrated.
- Nuclear Instrumentation